Claire McCardell (American, 19051958)
Black–and–red silk plush
Purchase, Polaire Weissman Bequest and Gifts from various donors, 1997 (1997.511a–d)
A bravura swag of drapery cuts across the chest with the elegance of a Madame Grès bodice and the implicit protocol of a sash or banner. Applying the same principles of wrapping that animated her daywear, McCardell also wrapped for evening, letting the ease of a plush evening gown define the body with a gentle boldness.